In a culture steeped in Mayan traditions and beliefs, Andaz at Mayakoba embraces the spirit and mystique of civilization, not lost, but found in the Maya Riviera of Mexico. Andaz at Mayakoba successfully blends the quest for sustainability with the ease and comfort one craves in a luxury resort experience.
For couples seeking a modern oasis, Andaz is the ultimate destination offering luxurious tropical surroundings, refined, curated service, tranquil solitude, and the finest culinary flavors of the region.
With just a 40-minute drive from the airport, couples choosing Andaz as a destination wedding location are free to discover 590 square acres of natural settings that include mangrove canals, two and a half miles of jungle trails, and a pristine white sand beach that unfolds into turquoise waters, delicately swept in soothing ocean breezes.
“The hotel has so much personality,” says Alejandra Mulia, Events Sales Assistant Manager at Andaz. “Translated, Andaz means personal style, so as staff members we are allowed to express our own Andaz and in turn, this gives couples the freedom to express their own Andaz, as well. It’s a luxury resort property that offers comfort without pretentiousness – plus, it is a destination within a destination.”
Couples can choose from five idyllic settings and venues for ceremonies and receptions. The Beachfront setting can host up to 200 people featuring the Caribbean waters as a backdrop. The Balam Ballroom and Garden is a stunning space that offers a more traditional setting and can accommodate parties of up to 260 people. For those seeking less formal, smaller options, Studios Courtyard, Beach Lawn, or the Lagoon Pool are gorgeous outside venues that feature the natural setting and ambiance the property has to offer.
“As a destination wedding location, one of the most important things is that our couples can be engaged with their guests during their entire stay,” Alejandra adds. “It’s not just the wedding day. We have the luxury of entertaining their guests and giving them the opportunity to enjoy spending however much time they wish with friends and family.
We stress that we are an exclusive wedding destination with the policy of hosting only one wedding per day. It is the couple’s day, where they can experience a unique, autonomous experience with no interference or outside distractions.”
Dream weddings are at the forefront of the Andaz philosophy and that can be seen in every detail including menu selections.
Alejandra shares, “Our couples can customize every aspect of their wedding to fit their specific desires, wishes, and dreams. Our chefs are extremely capable, open, and available to create and accommodate personalized menus with a unique flair.”
Wedding guests, friends, and family have the choice to enjoy five on-property dining options including the gourmet specialty restaurant, Casa Amate where Sunday brunch is a decadent menu featuring Latin American cuisine.
With a strong, deliberate focus on eco-tourism, sustainability, and the environment, Andaz resort deliberately weaves the spirit and essence of Mexico into every facet and detail, with an emphasis on Earth, Wind, Water, Fire, and Air experiences.
The Earth practices include romantic walks along the nature trails that offer connection with plant and animal life. The grounds are a veritable wildlife paradise boasting over 650 species of animals. You can find white-tailed deer, squirrels, monkeys, and iguanas, to name a few. You may even come across a native Sereque a member of the endangered species list and a harmless, medium size mammal similar in looks to a guinea pig.
Is the element of Water more appealing to you? Then you will want to scuba dive and explore the Mesoamerican Reef, the second largest reef in the world. You can also kayak along the crystal-clear water canals or hop aboard the beautiful Van Dutch yacht for a sun-drenched day cruising the sea. You can make it a day at sea when you charter this elegant 55-foot yacht. With the wind at your back and the ocean waters at your command, leave your cares behind as you cruise the day away pausing to enjoy nearby destinations like Cozumel, Cancun, or Isla Mujeres.
The intimate Fire experience includes an immersive cooking class with Chef Sandra de la Mora, where you can experiment and learn the secrets to creating regional dishes crafted from scratch using wholesome, fresh ingredients. Try your hand at making tamales, salsa, and learn how to make the perfect guacamole.
Lastly, for those seeking adventure, the Wind element or open-air activities like tennis or golf. The course at Mayakoba is the 1st International course for the PGA tournament. Designed by golfer Greg Norman, the 18-hole course is a state-of-the-art facility and driving range. For those in search of an adrenalin boost, you can jet ski and race along the waves or dive into the waters for a bit of snorkeling along the reef.
Andaz also offers engaging daily program activities that include their charming Eco Cruise Boat tour, the lively Mezcal & Chocolate Pairing, and Tequila University. You can also regenerate with one of the many indulgent treatment packages at Naum Wellness & Spa.
For those family members with young children, there is the Kimbo Baby Club offering childcare for children ages 90 days until 4 years, and Kimbo Kids Club with activities for children ages 4 – 12 years old.
“Creating a level of comfort, relaxation, and ease, especially when it comes to weddings and our couples, this goal is part of our brand aesthetic.” Alejandra continues, “One of the beautiful things about Andaz is we vow to create the wedding of your dreams and we can do that because we have the freedom to create a custom experience. The architecture of the property features a minimalistic Mayan design that affords every couple a blank slate, so they can create whatever they envision. The calm vibe of Andaz gives our couples the escape and romantic seclusion they are looking for. We also limit the number of weddings we host to a maximum of 35 per year. We do this so our couples can connect with Andaz in a special way. They come here to share life experiences together without the day-to-day stresses and challenges.”
In particular, Alejandra and all the staff at Andaz uphold the romantic vision of the resort. The overall ambition for couples who plan their destination wedding at Andaz is to provide an opening for them to express their authentic selves in an environment of sophisticated comfort.
By building personal relationships and connections, they can create trust and develop meaningful insights about their guests, making it easy to manifest and fulfill their ultimate dream wedding experience.
Visit the Andaz at Mayakoba website for more information.
>Written By: Veronica Bonazza